Yorkshire-based NG Bailey has completed its role in a flagship project to create the NHS’s newest hospital – as a ground-breaking replacement for one of its very oldest.
Following handover and a phased transfer of services, the £33m Bridgwater Community Hospital in Somerset has begun to treat the first of 62,000 patients it will care for each year, ahead of its official opening later this summer.
NG Bailey’s Engineering team worked in partnership with its specialist offsite manufacturing division to provide all mechanical, electrical and public health services for the new facilities, as part of its £4m contract.
The new hospital houses 30 inpatients beds, a midwifery-led maternity unit, a minor injuries clinic, an x-ray centre, an outpatients’ department, and therapy and rehabilitation services.
Based on the outskirts of the town in Bower Lane, it replaces a 200-year hospital based in Salmon Parade which was cramped, outdated and no longer fit-for-purpose for an ageing community that has grown by a third in just 20 years.
David Thomas, operations director for NG Bailey’s Engineering division, said:
“The benefits of offsite manufacture played an important part in ensuring our project partners were able to deliver the new hospital on time, below budget, safely and sustainably, and defect-free.
“The savings to taxpayers’ money were so significant that we were able to work together on creating a new endoscopy unit over and above the original specification – without impacting on the cost or timescale of the main build.
“This adds a valuable extra dimension to the range of services the hospital is providing to the fast-growing community it serves.”
“Being involved in the whole design process enabled us to seize an opportunity to influence and shape the best possible approach in bringing this building to life and contributing to its future success.”
In delivering the project for end client Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, NG Bailey worked in partnership with Integrated Health Projects (the P21+, Sir Robert McAlpine/VINCI Construction UK joint venture).
The contract commenced in February last year.